Monthly Archives: August 2017

Cuba: CHEERS, WITH A MOJITO OR TWO! (4)
Cuba: CHEERS, WITH A MOJITO OR TWO! (4)

Cuba has been famous for its rum since the 1500s. The rum pirates loved and drank so much, was not the same as today’s. Then, it was bitter and with high percentage of alcohol. Still, they did love to put sugar and few herbs in it. This mixture called draguecito or “little dragon” is probably the ancestor of the famous mojito, one of the most famous Cuban cocktails we enjoy today all over the world. (more…)

Cuba: STEP ONTO HEMINGWAY’S BOAT (3)
Cuba: STEP ONTO HEMINGWAY’S BOAT (3)

The great American author Ernest Hemingway fell in love with Cuba on his first visit in 1932, attracted initially by fishing he enjoyed so much. But it wasn’t until 1939 that he has decided to move to the island. He bought the house a year later, which I was on my way to (in a cart of a blue sidecar, remember!). (more…)

Cuba: MY LITTLE BLUE TAXI – SIDECAR! (2)
Cuba: MY LITTLE BLUE TAXI – SIDECAR! (2)

Thought to type down few tips on things to do in Havana first, but I just can’t wait to tell you about my lovely tour around the city, actually the outskirts of the city. So, we will start off with a sidecar motorcycle. And Hemingway. And colorful street art… You think that they have nothing in common? Well, think again! (more…)

Cuba: WHAT NOBODY TOLD ME (1)
Cuba: WHAT NOBODY TOLD ME (1)

Have been sitting in a local cafe in Belgrade Serbia, sipping lemonade when they started to play one of the songs from the Buena Vista Social Club! My memories from Cuba immediately emerged! And let me tell you, this is not the country only to be described in data and facts (even though there will be plenty of those, of course), this is the island to be referred to with genuine emotions. (more…)

Let’s heat it up, it’s CUBA time!

 

Cuba-travel-blog-series-Glimpses-of-The-WorldWhat is the other word for bright sunshine, blue skies, turquoise waters, some rum in your beach cocktail with the sound of salsa in the background? Well, it’s Cuba of course! (more…)

France: FOUND VAN GOGH IN ARLES! (7)
France: FOUND VAN GOGH IN ARLES! (7)

There was one more stop to do while in France. It was not that far from the French Riviera and I have figured that I did “cool down a bit” hopping from one place on the coast to the next, since it was that year when this part of Europe was unusually hot, being hit by the tropical wave (it was the summer of 2003). Anyway, I just had to go to Arles! (more…)

France: CHARM OF VILLAGES “SUR MER” (6)
France: CHARM OF VILLAGES “SUR MER” (6)

Although not that popular as their neighbors Nice, Cannes or Monaco, smaller towns along the Côte d’Azur are actually the true reflection of French charm. Beaches are more pleasant, clean, less crowded, streets seem prettier, you can even meet a local at the cafe (not just tourists) and have a glass of wine in the shade of one lush tree. (more…)

France: FRENCH RIVIERA HOPPING (5)
France: FRENCH RIVIERA HOPPING (5)

Before going to the Côte d’Azur, I have heard a lot about it, reading about “the famous names on the French Riviera beaches”, exclusive resorts, Hollywood stars who once got wet in shallow waters of Cannes, Nice, Saint-Tropez, about princess Grace, Picasso’s retreat. (more…)

France: KNOCKING ON MONET’S DOOR (4)
France: KNOCKING ON MONET’S DOOR (4)

Normandy, French province in the North, full of greenery, flowers, good cheese and wine, white cows with black spots, but it also houses few towns not to be missed when in the region. (more…)

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